Author: Guy Kesteven, What Mountain Bike & MBUK

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Cateye Triple Shot Pro
£299.99 4

Another three-lamp header, this is as good as LED units get. The beam is fairly focused but has enough spread to weave through trees, outshining the Solidlight.

The Humvee Trousers can get rapidly wet when it amp apos s damp  which gives them a tendency to drag

Endura Humvee Trousers
£39.99 3

Endura's Humvee shorts and three-quarter length pants are some of our favourite baggies, so our rickety knees creaked excitedly at the idea of full trousers.

Ultra compact  minimalist but longrunning light with loads of options

Dinotte Lithium Ultra 3W
£185 4.5

The smallest light on test, the Lithium Ultra still pumps out just enough power for proper off-roading. Dinotte gives plenty of light options: 3W and 5W singles, doubles (triples due soon) plus a choice of Li-Ion or AA battery packs.

The Nano 1 Watt has a usefully large button  and the battery lasts ages

Electron Nano 1 Watt
£39.99 3.5

This little light is typical of the large number of small LED torch style lights available now, but it's one of the nicest made we've seen.

The Genesis Core 2 0 is a great all rounder  and good value too

Genesis Core 2.0
£599.99 4.5

Genesis is a new brand from the same UK designers who've been producing the excellent Ridgeback Urban MTB range for years. Their experience shows in some neat features and ride characteristics.

A well priced bike which will grow on you the more you ride it

Gary Fisher Marlin Disc
£470 4

The Marlin crams hydraulic discs and a branded fork into a package well under £500, but it's the eager, well balanced handling that really makes it stand out from the crowd.

GT i Drive 5 2 0

GT i-Drive 5 2.0
£1499 4.5

GT's i-Drive floating suspension is one of the longest serving systems still in use. Add some crackling kit for the cash and you've got a very capable and enjoyable technical trail bike.


Giant Anthem 2 - 07 model
£1700 4.5

As our 06 Bike Of The Year, Giant's Anthem has got a lot to live up to in 2007. A carbon composite frame comes in for the top level Anthem Advanced but otherwise the basics are unchanged throughout the alloy range.

It amp apos s not cheap by any means  but the Concept is the ultimate biking jacket

Gore Bike Wear Concept Jacket
£350 4

"Thank you for choosing to fly Gore Bike Air first class. Please pay attention to our jacket crew for a moment, because this garment does have some unique features."

Jonathan Gawler    Santa Cruz Blur 4X

Santa Cruz Blur 4X
£1099 4

You might guess from the 4X name that this burly Blur is designed for 4X and Dual Slalom race domination. It's also a great choice for hardcore riders who want strength and stability without excess weight and travel.

Handily  the bite point of the pads is adjustable

Avid Juicy Ultimate Brake
£195 4

Avid's Ultimate brake has always been exactly what it says on the tin - the ultimate in materials and performance. Avid have only ever put the Ultimate tag on a V-brake before, so the Juicy Ultimate hydraulic disc brake has been on our most wanted list for a long time.

The Ozone has a very good run time

BLT Ozone 21ne
£64.95 3.5

Torch-style like the Electron, but with a more powerful LED. The beam is far too focused for off-road handlebar use on its own because the illuminated pool is tiny.

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